#NextQuestion: Gbenga Odegbami of Youverify Speaks on the Possibilities of Remote Work

David Afolayan
#NextQuestion: Gbenga Odegbami of Youverify Speaks on the Possibilities of Remote Work

A number of weeks ago, we launched our premium talk show called #NextQuestion. The show seeks to interrogate issues within the African Tech space beyond the peripheral of social media commentary.

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So far, we have been speaking to stakeholders within the space on topics on which we know they have deep understanding and experience. On this episode of Next Question, our topic is Remote Work. We highlight its possibilities, factors that make it work, its benefits and shortcomings.

On Remote Work

Just about when Coronavirus became a reality in many African countries, we had a chat with Gbenga Odegbami, CEO, Youverify, a Lagos-based startup that helps automate due diligence and compliance by using data-driven decisions for the financial services, and telecommunication industries about the possibility of remote work in our unique ecosystem.

Gbenga has managed teams for about a decade and a half in different capacities and for corporates across the industry. We know that his startup, Youverify combines effectively a hybrid strategy, hence we are confident he will share some insights that will help.

Shortly after our session, a number of companies have encouraged their employees to work from home as coronavirus continues to spread in the country. Some early adopters include Andela, Carbon, Buycoins and Fint.

Gbenga shared some interesting insights that will be of interest to team managers and founders during this period. You can watch the whole of the video below:

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Some Summaries:

  1. Remote work is not for everyone. You need to have the right temperament, attitude and support system to function appropriately in a remote setting.
  2. Some business functions require face-to-face interactions. Every business needs to determine what works and the proportion of the workload that can be successfully completed remotely.
  3. On productivity. Business owners/ team leaders must be willing to empower team members to succeed in their various locations. This may include allowances and investment in gadgets.
  4. Remote may be good for projects. Not necessarily for innovations.
  5. Anytime for face-to-face interaction is a good time.

Enjoy the conversation!


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